Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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North Country News
11:45 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Judge Says NY Paddlers Can Use Stream on Private Land

Canada Island in Lake Lila, Adirondack Park
Credit Mwanner/Wikipedia Commons

A state supreme court judge says a canoeist had the right to paddle down an Adirondack stream crossing private land, and has ordered the landowner to stop posting signs denying paddlers access to the waterway.

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North Country News
9:30 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Vermont Health Dept. Says Whooping Cough Down

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The Vermont Health Department says the number of whooping cough cases in the state has dropped in half since a vaccination and public information campaign was launched in December.

Last year the state reported a record number of 645 cases of whooping cough, a number the state considered an epidemic.

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North Country News
7:15 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Audit Shows Most Employees at Low Risk of Fraud

An independent audit of the Vermont State Police payroll, requested after a trooper fraudulently claimed large amounts of overtime pay, has found that most employees were at a low risk of fraud.

The audit done by StoneTurn Group LLP shows that the process for approving, reporting and monitoring overtime is vulnerable to fraud, abuse and waste.

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North Country News
6:20 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Out of Bounds Bill Loses its Edge

Vermont Skiing
Credit John Atkinson/Ski Vermont

Following a morning of testimony, it appears that legislation proposing a fine on skiiers who go off trails, get lost and require rescue will not move out of committee this year.

The Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee took testimony Tuesday morning on a bill that proposes that “a criminal trespass charge be brought against a person who requires rescue for skiing off a designated ski trail.”  A $500-fine would also be imposed.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Revised Emissions Agreement Cuts Acid Rain Pollutants

Credit National Parks Service

Eight east coast states, the EPA and several environmental groups have reached a revised agreement with one of the country's largest electricity producers to further reduce acid rain emissions from coal-fired power plants in the Midwest.

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North Country News
9:45 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

UNH Forest Program Notices Pine Needle Loss

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A University of New Hampshire forest program has noticed that white pine trees in northern New England seem to be losing more needles lately.

The Forest Watch program says the trees maintained vigorous growth during the late 1990s as the Clean Air Act took effect and ozone levels fell.

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New England News
7:30 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Settlement Binds Power Co. To Stop Burning Coal

Credit National Parks Service

One of the largest U.S. electricity producers will stop burning coal at two of its power plants under a legal settlement reached with the EPA, eight states and several environmental groups.

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North Country News
9:00 am
Sun February 24, 2013

Developer Closer to Vermont Wal-Mart Expansion

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A nearly 7-year-old plan to nearly double the size of a Wal-Mart in Bennington, Vt., has cleared a hurdle.

The Bennington Banner reports a tentative deal has been reached in which opposition groups will drop their appeal of permits.

The Vermont Natural Resources Council and a citizens' group have been appealing local and state permits to expand the store.

Developer Jonathan Levy of BLS Bennington secured permits from the town in 2006 to double the size of the Wal-Mart to about 112,000 square feet.

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North Country News
10:00 am
Sat February 23, 2013

Vermont House Committee Kills Health Tax Plan

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A Vermont House committee has killed legislation that would have levied a new tax on sugary soft drinks.

In a move that drew the comment "Holy Smokes!" from a member of the Senate Health and Welfare committee, the House panel voted 5-5 on the measure. The tie vote killed the bill the committee had spent weeks drafting.

The money would pay for public health education and to help smooth the transition to a health care overhaul.

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New York News
6:30 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Natural History Museum Plans Winter Mountaintop Webcast

Whiteface Mountain
Credit Mwanner/Wikipedia Commons

The Wild Center plans to broadcast a live webcast  from the summit of Whiteface Mountain Saturday with naturalists and atmospheric scientists to show the extremes of winter on the Adirondack peak.

Whiteface Mountain is known for its Olympic ski center. It is the only Adirondack High Peak with a road to its summit.  And it is the only Adirondack Mountain that hosts a scientific field station.

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